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Business software provider, Sage ERP X3, has registered 54 percent growth in Africa south of the Sahara, with Southern African countries returning the most significant figures.

Sage mid-market division Africa MD Jeremy Waterman said the company was simultaneously increasing its expertise base in the region.

“In the last year, Sage ERP X3 has experienced 54percent growth in Africa, which is a great achievement considering the global economic climate.

“To date we have trained and certified 253 consultants in the African region, as we continue to build a strong knowledge and skill base that end-users can rely on,” he said.

Sage Group Plc’s involvement in Africa started in 2003 when it acquired Softline Group.

Sage is a leading global supplier of ERP software and services to small and medium-sized enterprises. It was, however, not until 2008 that its global business solutions unit, Sage ERP X3, was launched in South Africa.

Said Waterman: “The network of business partners representing Sage ERP X3 on the African continent has since expanded to include countries such as Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mauritius, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria, with further expansion into the African market on the horizon.”

The firm’s CEO Christophe Letellier added; “The African market is very important to ensure the global growth of Sage ERP X3. As reported recently, the IT services market in South Africa has grown some eight percent year-on-year in 2010 and the IDC includes South Africa as a region that is forecast to experience year-on-year IT spending growth of between seven percent and 12 percent in 2012.

“These are all very positive signals which underpin our commitment to the market and to the growth of our sales and partner network in the region.”

Last year, Sage Group restructured its operations base into three distinctive regions: Europe, North America and AAMEA, which comprises Africa, Australia, the Middle East and Asia.